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Meaning of proposition by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French, from Latin prōpositiō ( “a proposing, design, theme, case” ) .


    • ( US ) IPA: /pɹɑ.pə.zɪ.ʃən/


    proposition ( countable and uncountable; plural: propositions )

    1. ( uncountable ) The act of offering ( an idea ) for consideration .
    2. ( countable ) An idea or a plan offered .
    3. ( countable, business settings ) The terms of a transaction offered .
    4. ( countable, logic ) The content of an assertion that may be taken as being true or false and is considered abstractly without reference to the linguistic sentence that constitutes the assertion .
    5. ( countable, US, politics ) In some states, a proposed statute or constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate .
    6. ( countable, mathematics ) An assertion so formulated that it can be considered true or false .
    7. ( countable, mathematics ) As a special case, textbooks often, and papers sometimes, label an assertion which is provably true, but not important enough to be a theorem, a proposition. Normally this is part of a numerical reference system ( Proposition 3.2, Lemma 3.3, Theorem 3.4 )


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Explanation of proposition by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. suggest sex to

    2. She was propositioned by a stranger at the party
    1. a task to be dealt with

    2. securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition
    3. a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false

    4. the act of making a proposal

    5. an offer for a private bargain ( especially a request for sexual favors )

    6. a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

    Definition of proposition by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Proposition n. [L. propositio: cf. F. proposition. See Propound.]
      1. The act of setting or placing before; the act of offering. “Oblations for the altar of proposition.” Jer. Taylor.

      2. That which is proposed; that which is offered, as for consideration, acceptance, or adoption; a proposal; as, “the enemy made propositions of peace; his proposition was not accepted.”

      3. A statement of religious doctrine; an article of faith; creed; as, “the propositions of Wyclif and Huss”.

      Some persons . . . change their propositions according as their temporal necessities or advantages do turn. Jer. Taylor.

      4. ( Gram. & Logic ) A complete sentence, or part of a sentence consisting of a subject and predicate united by a copula; a thought expressed or propounded in language; a from of speech in which a predicate is affirmed or denied of a subject; as, “snow is white”.

      5. ( Math. ) A statement in terms of a truth to be demonstrated, or of an operation to be performed.

      ☞ It is called a theorem when it is something to be proved, and a problem when it is something to be done.

      6. ( Rhet. ) That which is offered or affirmed as the subject of the discourse; anything stated or affirmed for discussion or illustration.

      7. ( Poetry ) The part of a poem in which the author states the subject or matter of it.

      Leaves of proposition ( Jewish Antiq. ), the showbread. Wyclif ( Luke vi. 4 ).

      Syn. -- Proposal; offer; statement; declaration. -- Proposition, Proposal. These words are both from the Latin verb proponere, to set forth, and as here compared they mark different forms or stages of a negotiation. A proposition is something presented for discussion or consideration; as, “propositions of peace”. A proposal is some definite thing offered by one party to be accepted or rejected by the other. If the proposition is favorably received, it is usually followed by proposals which complete the arrangement.